The Silence

The Silence

eBook - 2020
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Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2020
ISBN: 9781982164577
1982164573
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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krsbozo
Jan 09, 2021

Wow, I read most of this short book (a novella?) in the early-morning hours after the rioters looted the Capital building. It's a haunting and horrifying look at humanity after an unspecified event leads to the sudden cessation of all online activity: jets, phones, TVs, society. We're left unmoored, wandering in the darkness, not knowing where we are meant to go, barely aware of who we are and what we're supposed to do. So bleak, so sad.

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laphampeak
Jan 05, 2021

A clever and different way of observing everyday people when the grid shuts down and there is nothing powering their everyday. The choppy thinking and disconnected behavior didn't captivate me so it took a little to find a rhythm. The author turned behavior and speech inside out so people, depending on their own personal ideas, were only able to observe and express random thoughts with little coherence. Thus, the picture of one babbling at random or sitting in front of a blank screen. The afterthought left me more amazed.

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jeffr1j
Dec 13, 2020

returned to JP 12/14/2020 - due 1/2

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feralranger
Dec 02, 2020

I think I finally got why this book is aptly named the silence. I wasn't getting it at all and about 3/4 in ( and its a novella) I had an Ah- Hah moment. Now this is just my interpretation but I believe that the strangeness of the thoughts and conversations people are having have to do with their lack of preoccupation with electronic connectivity. It is almost like society has gone stream of consciousness or if you have ever tried meditating and your mind won't shut up it's like that. When we are preoccupied, entertained, edified and constantly dependent on our devices they are really what are in control and when we are left to our own device we are hapless, helpless and hopeless. We don't know what to do with ourselves. Also it was scary to think about the impact that loss would cause but I still wouldn't recommend this book simply because it isn't one written for a broad audience. That's my two virtual cents!

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writermala
Nov 18, 2020

Very disappointing. The description piqued my interest but the book itself didn't live up to the billing. The plot was well thought out but the author didn't do justice to it in the short novel. The only redeeming feature was that it was mercifully short.

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Katie_Dublin
Nov 13, 2020

The apocalypse has never been so dull and pretentious.

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mclarjh
Nov 08, 2020

Reads like a play.

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garrettplummer
Oct 31, 2020

There is nothing particularly spectacular about this novel beyond the prescient nature of the subject matter. Amidst a global pandemic which has forced generations of people to reconsider nearly everything about their lives, this novel serves as a brief preamble to the tenuous months that have been filled with day-in and day-out agony of living in the unknown present moment of history.
The Silence articulates the feelings of uncertainty which marked the beginning of the current Covid-19 crisis or conspiracy. Whichever you choose to believe, we have all had to suffer through feelings of loss and helplessness, ultimately being left staring blankly at a screen imagining a better time in our lives, just as DeLillo’s characters are left doing in this, his latest novel.

STPL_JessH Oct 24, 2020

I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this novel. I read it and thought, well, okay?! If someone who enjoyed it would like to go to bat for it, let me know. I'm available to hear opinions :) Currently, I'm advising readers, DeLillo fans or not, to approach with caution lest disappointment ensue.

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shgoldberg
Oct 12, 2020

I sure hope the library orders more copies of this.

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